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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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More than 30 people banned from Barrow borough libraries

A PERVERT who looked at inappropriate images on a library computer is among more than 30 people who have been banned from libraries in the Barow borough.

A freedom of information request submitted by the Evening Mail revealed 34 people have been banned across the borough since 2009.

Cumbria County Council would not specify which libraries the offences took place in – instead pooling them as the Barrow group. No bans have been issued across the Lakes libraries.

The council said bans are usually temporary, but repeat offenders may be banned for life. The pervert was caught looking at inappropriate images in 2009. In the same year an adult was banned for aggressive and abusive behaviour.

The other bans have all been meted out to children. Two were banned for fighting in 2010, while three were banned for repeated abusive behaviour and foul language in 2011.

Last year three children were banned for being aggressive, blocking doors and intimidating; two were banned for vandalising library property, and two were banned for being rude to customers, staff and misusing library property.

Most bans were issued in 2012, when 11 children were shown the door, with two aggressively rude to staff and another intimidating other library users.

A county council spokesman said: “The library service is always reluctant to ban people from libraries – it is seen as very much a last resort. The exception to this is when a customer is known to have accessed unsuitable material when using the library computers.

“Customers must agree to our terms and conditions when accessing the internet and a breach of these terms and conditions results in a ban. Each case of banning a person from the library is viewed on its own merits by the library manager and the decision will be based on the nature of the misdemeanour and the particular circumstances relating to it.

“Banning orders are usually temporary and the individual will have an opportunity to start using the library again and demonstrate they will behave in an acceptable manner. Repeat offences may result in a permanent ban.

“Council staff are trained in dealing with difficult situations and have a responsibility for ensuring the library is a safe environment for library users and themselves. Difficult situations are rare and any that do occur are handled effectively by staff.”

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